29 December 1982
Mrs. Anne Eaton
The Last Resort
109 Columbus Drive
Islamorada, FL 33036
I have now returned from the visit to Moscow.
The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union was a great affair. Some three thousand
people attended the meetings, which were held in the Congress Hall in the Kremlin. The ceremony consisted almost entirely
of speeches, the major one being by Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. There was, of course, simultaneous translation of the speeches
into eight languages. I was well pleased with Andropov’s speech, except for his emphasis on the continued development of nuclear
weapons and their delivery vehicles and his pledge to keep even with the United States in destructive power. He made several
proposals about a nuclear freeze and a decrease in militarism with the condition that the United States agree.
I was able to speak over Moscow radio and Moscow TV, and to develop the idea that the two nations should take unilateral
actions in the direction of decreased militarism, instead of insisting on detailed treaties. I have no heard anything about
the response to my radio and television statements.